Are you ready for christmas?
This advent season, we welcome you to prepare for the coming of Jesus with us.
ADVENT CALENDAR DATES FOR 2017
- December 3 - First Sunday of Advent
- December 10 - Second Sunday of Advent
- December 17 - Third Sunday of Advent
- December 24 - Fourth Sunday of Advent
When he was asked why his disciples don't follow a particular tradition regarding fasting, Jesus responded by saying that you don't put new wine into old wineskins. That's a rather odd explanation for why you don't follow a tradition. What is Jesus getting at and what does it mean for us today?
What is the Bible? Some people say it's God's word or that is stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Other people think it's an ancient relic from a bygone era and of no use to anyone in the 21st century. But what does the Bible say about itself? How does it work? How should we view and use the Bible as Christians?
How can Jesus be both fully God and fully human at the same time? Isn't that a paradox or something? And if he's really God can he ever truly be human? How does all of this work and what does it matter anyway?
In Acts 15, the leaders of the church in Jerusalem have a big debate around whether Gentiles who have become Christians should be required to follow the law like the Jewish Christians do. But should any Christians still follow the law?
Tradition can be very powerful. How often do you do something simply because "that's how it's always been"? But what happens when God calls us to step beyond our traditions? How do we respond to a God like that?
Acts 9 tells the story of how the Apostle Paul first started following Jesus. But what did Paul look like after he met Jesus on the way to Damascus? Furthermore, what does that mean for our own faith journeys? Will Jesus make us more like him or are we left to keep sinning until the day we die?
Have you ever heard someone say "Everything happens for a reason"? Is that true? Does everything happen for a reason? Is God controlling everything? In which case, what about war and disease and famine? Does those things happen for a reason too?
In Acts 2 we're told that all the believers had everything in common and that they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Those sound nice but that's pretty idealistic right? The church today couldn't possibly continue in that kind of fellowship today, right?
Right before Jesus ascended into heaven he told his disciples that they would be his witnesses in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria and to the very ends of the earth. What does it mean to be a witness? Does that same idea still apply to us today?
The longest and most elaborate parable Jesus tells is found in Luke 15. It tells the story of a son who runs away from home and squanders his fathers money. When he finally comes to his senses he decides to return home. But how will his father respond when he sees the son? How does God respond when he sees us coming home?